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Offspring Magazine

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This podcast series is brought to you by the Science Communication and Magazine team of the Max Planck PhD network. We want to make the process of getting a doctorate more transparent and raise awareness about possible career opportunities for doctoral researchers inside and outside of science. We d… read more


#1-13 - Mental Health Awareness Week with the Mental Health Collective ft. Barbara Šafarić and JD Rolfes

In this episode of the Offspring Podcast, Srinath and Niko talk with Barbara Šafarić and Julian D. Rolfes (JD) from Mental Health Collective of the Max Planck Society (MPS). They are a grass roots movement to bring awareness to mental health issues within the MPS and try to help dealing with them.  Especially, with the frightening results from the PhDnet survey, the issue of mental health is becoming more important than ever. In our discussion, we try to figure out how to deal with mental health on a personal level but also if people around you are affected. Furthermore, we hope to bring awareness to the different institutions that can help you on a professional level. If you or someone you know might be affected by mental health issues, it is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something that needs to be addressed properly. 

The Collective started out in 2019 and organized a Max-Planck-wide Mental Health Awareness Week.  This year's campaign for Mental Health Awareness will take place from October 5th to October 9th, 2020. More details can be found here:

Please use the following information to reach out for help:


Hotline with Telefon Seelsorge: 0800-1110111 or 0800-1110222,

Everything about EMAP (for MPI employees only):

Top lines of help in Germany:

Mental Health Collective:  Twitter: @mpg_mhc  Email:

Offspring Blog Post:

If you have any comments, suggestion or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the following email:

Please feel free to check out the Offspring-Blog where we publish articles  on a regular basis. 

Intro - Outro music composed by Srinath Ramkumar: 

Pre-Intro jingle composed by Gustavo Carrizo: 

You can follow the hosts of this podcast on Twitter here: 

Srinath Ramkumar: 

Nikolai Hoermann: 

Allison Lewis: 

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy - Physically and Mentally

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